Gordon Mills

Gordon Mills

Birth
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Death 29 Jul 1986 (aged 51)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hersham, Elmbridge Borough, Surrey, England
Memorial ID 26885681 · View Source
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Songwriter, Impresario. He was born in Madras in India, where his father was serving with the British Army, but, soon after his birth, they returned to Tonypandy, in South Wales. His mother, Lorna, taught her only child to play the harmonica and, at the age of fifteen, he began playing in the local clubs. Two years later, he was called up for National Service, in which he served in Germany and Malaya. On his return, he formed a band called the Viscounts, who reached No. 21 in the U.K. charts with a cover of Barry Mann's "Who Put the Bomp." At about this time, Mills married a lady named Jo Waring, and wrote several hit songs, notably "I'll Never Get Over You" for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, and "I'm the Lonely One" for Cliff Richard. His best-known composition, however, was "It's Not Unusual", which he co-wrote with Les Reed and which, with Jimmy Page on guitar, was the first hit for Tom Jones, reaching No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 10 in the U.S. He is, however, best remembered as being the founder of MAM Records (the initials stood for Management Agency and Music) and for being the manager of Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck and Gilbert O'Sullivan. Indeed, it was he who thought of the stage names for all three singers, who had begun life as Thomas Jones Woodward, Arnold George Dorsey, and Raymond Edward O'Sullivan. Mills died of stomach cancer at an early age, but his son, also named Gordon, has followed him into the music business, as a producer, songwriter, and session musician.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 17 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26885681
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gordon Mills (15 May 1935–29 Jul 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26885681, citing Burvale Cemetery, Hersham, Elmbridge Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .